Andy Lee won't have home field advantage for his upcoming WBO middleweight title defense against Billy Joe Saunders, as the proposed bout for September 19 in Limerick, Ireland, has been moved to October 10 in Manchester, England, due to Lee coming down with an illness.
Lee (34-2-1, 24 KO) won the vacant belt last December over Matt Korobov, and was set to defend in April against Peter Quillin. That fight went to a draw, though it was a non-title fight with Quillin missing weight. Quillin had previously vacated the belt rather than fight Korobov.
Saunders (22-0, 12 KO) hasn't had a serious fight since last November, when he escaped a late rally attempt against Chris Eubank Jr to win a decision. He did fight in July, beating journeyman Yoann Bloyer in four rounds.
The fight was expected to bring a lot of money to Limerick, and city officials are hoping for a reversal of the decision, though that is unlikely to happen.